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Andrew Luck Excelled Under Pressure and Other AFC South Must-Reads
Posted By Nate Dunlevy On January 14, 2013 @ 7:42 am In Colts News | No Comments
Andrew Luck  is still a young quarterback, but no one questions his ability to throw under duress.
Today’s article of the day comes from Kyle Rodriguez of Colts Authority , who says Andrew Luck was poised under pressure in the playoffs.
Rodriguez looked at Luck’s performance when rushed by the Ravens  and liked what he saw.
Luck took 41 sacks on the season (fourth in the NFL ), and while that number is uncomfortably high as a raw figure, he ranked just 15th in the NFL among qualified passers as a percentage. The Colts threw so often, that even a normal sack rate produced big sack totals.
Obviously, the Colts need to improve the offensive line in the offseason, but Luck will eventually develop ways to improve his sack rate on his own. Sack rate is much more a function of offensive scheme and quarterback than the line. Sack rate is one of the few numbers a quarterback controls almost entirely because he can decide when to throw.
The Colts don’t need to assemble an elite line around Luck. Even an average unit will produce big results in the passing game. Should Bruce Arians and his vertical offense return to Indy in 2013, giving receivers more time to get downfield will be a must.
One thing is certain, the Colts have found their answer at the most difficult position to fill. If they can just keep Luck off the turf an extra time per game, the can take the next step as a franchise.
Brian Burke on Deadspin  discusses John Fox’s strategies.
Scott Kacsmar of Cold Hard Football Facts  tells us what playoff seeding really means.
Houston Texans 
Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle  says owner Bob McNair would like to see a deeper team.
Ganguli has details  on a big injury to DeVier Posey.
Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle  calls the Texans “darn good”.
Indianapolis Colts 
Arthur Arkush of Pro Football Weekly  says Andrew Luck is advanced for his age.
Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star  writes about the 11 best plays of 2012.
Tennessee Titans 
Tom Gower of Total Titans  says his biggest disappointment in 2012 was Jake Locker.
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean  says Kenny Britt is in trouble with the law again.
Jacksonville Jaguars 
Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union  asks how many years David Caldwell will need to rebuild.
Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union  runs down possible coaching candidates.
O’Halloran profiles  Caldwell.
Read more Indianapolis Colts  news on BleacherReport.com
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URLs in this post:
 Andrew Luck: http://bleacherreport.com/andrew-luck
 Colts Authority: http://www.coltsauthority.com/2012-archives/december/andrew-luck-s-first-playoff-performance-poised-under-pressure.html
 Ravens: http://bleacherreport.com/baltimore-ravens
 NFL: http://bleacherreport.com/nfl
 Deadspin: http://deadspin.com/5975644/fox-gets-conservative-did-the-denver-coachs-risk+averse-strategy-cost-the-broncos-a-playoff-victory
 Cold Hard Football Facts: http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/content/nfl-playoffs-what-seeding-history-really-says-about-your-teams-chances/20768/
 Kacsmar’s personal archive: http://captaincomeback.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/peyton-mannings-eight-one-and-done-nfl-playoffs-learn-what-you-are-criticizing/
 Peyton Manning: http://bleacherreport.com/peyton-manning
 Houston Texans: http://bleacherreport.com/houston-texans
 ESPN.com: http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/46427/texans-cant-handle-pats-pace-personnel
 Patriots: http://bleacherreport.com/new-england-patriots
 Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2013/01/mcnair-texans-will-work-on-depth-playing-better/
 Ganguli has details: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2013/01/texans-receiver-posey-suffers-torn-achillies-tendon/
 Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2013/01/five-things-we-learned-in-the-texans%E2%80%99-season-ending-loss/
 Indianapolis Colts: http://bleacherreport.com/indianapolis-colts
 Pro Football Weekly: http://www.profootballweekly.com/2013/01/12/arians-luck-made-plays-manning-roethlisberger-didn
 Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/article/20130113/SPORTS03/301130303/1058/SPORTS03
 Tennessee Titans: http://bleacherreport.com/tennessee-titans
 Total Titans: http://www.totaltitans.com/2013-articles/january/2012-tennessee-titans-biggest-disappointment-jake-locker.html
 Tennessean: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130114/SPORTS01/301140026/Offseason-problems-surface-Britt-again
 Jacksonville Jaguars: http://bleacherreport.com/jacksonville-jaguars
 Florida Times-Union: http://jacksonville.com/opinion/premium/blog/400617/gene-frenette/2013-01-12/gene-frenette-how-many-years-will-jaguars-new-gm-need
 lorida Times-Union: http://jacksonville.com/sports/2013-01-14/story/jags-coaching-search-has-deal-other-teams-playoff-runs
 O’Halloran profiles: http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2013-01-12/story/jaguars-new-gm-young-hes-ready
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